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Performance: Ensemble Dal Niente

September 21, 2017
Griffin Court, Gallery 161, and Gallery 109
Free with museum admission*

Members of contemporary music group Ensemble Dal Niente respond to works from the Art Institute collection with a series of in-gallery performances. The event concludes with a large-scale performance in Griffin Court of Artificial Life (2007), a work by composer and musician George Lewis that strives for a structured improvisation experience through an open form score. 

6:00 – 6:30pm
Gallery 109
Alejandro Acierto, contrabass clarinet 

6:30 – 7:00pm
Gallery 161
Katie Young, bassoon
Amanda Deboer Bartlett, voice

7:00 – 7:30pm
Griffin Court

*Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday, 5:00–8:00—including during this event.

This program is one in a series of special events presented by Ensemble Dal Niente and George Lewis at the museum. Learn more about their collaboration, and join us for these other related programs:

Support for Live Arts programming is provided by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the Artists

Ensemble Dal Niente is a Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music in ways that redefine the listening experience and advance the art form. The programming, brought to life by a flexible repertoire-based instrumentation, seeks to challenge convention and create engaging, inspiring, and immersive experiences which connect audiences with the music of today. 

George Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, Lewis has made over 120 recordings as composer or performer, and his publications on experimental music appear regularly in scholarly and popular journals. 

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Ensemble Dal Niente
Photo: Karjaka Studios